May 21, 2018

HarperCollins Debuts OpenBook API Beta

HarperCollins Publishers - Emerging Technology Goup - HarperCollins Open Book API Documentation 2012-04-10 08-05-51

via a Programmable Web Post by Curtis Chen: The developer site is still a bit raw, with some broken links and less-than-polished documentation, but the data available is quite comprehensive. The OpenBook API offers not only information on HarperCollins authors and books in US and international markets, but also author tour information. Want to know […]

Rankings: Take at Look at the Independent Publishers Group “Top 100 E-Books” List

We learned about this list by ways of a mention on the IPG News web page. Direct to List See Also: Amazon Removes Kindle Versions of IPG Books After Distributor Declines to Change Selling Terms From Publishers Lunch (February, 2012) [IPG President Mark] Suchomel writes: “ is putting pressure on publishers and distributors to change […]

WSJ: The Changing Culture of the New York Public Library

Note: We’ve updated this post (at the bottom) with a link to a recent keynote lecture (video) by Anthony Grafton. It’s titled, “The Transforming Book”. From an WSJ “Ideas” Blog Post: Anthony Grafton, a professor of history at Princeton and past president of the American Historical Association, is distressed when he contemplates the changes afoot […]

paidContent Looks at a New Project From Worldreader: "E-books For Smart Kids on ‘Dumb’ Phones"

From a paidContent Article by LauraHazardOwen: Worldreader has already distributed over 75,000 e-books to students in sub-Saharan Africa. Now the literary nonprofit is launching an e-reading app designed for basic mobile phones. [Clip] Worldreader’s app, now in beta, was developed by Sydney-based startup biNu. The Bookseller explains that the app uses “cloud-based data compression technology […]

Publishing: Amazon Tries to Wring Big Discounts from Publishers

From The Seattle Times: McFarland [Publishing] and others in the book world worry that Amazon will use its pricing pressure to crush publishers. They say Amazon’s demands for deeper discounts threaten already-thin profit margins, and some warn about an Amazon monopoly. Amazon, which declined to answer questions or discuss its relations with publishers for this […]

France Passes New Laws on the "Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books"

The Global Legal Monitor from the Library of Congress provides a summary of the recently passed legislation but writer/tweeter @BlankTextField (based in France) says the article include a few inaccuracies. From the Global Legal Monitor This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 […]

Kids and eBooks: "Bringing Up an E-Reader"

From The NY Times: Amid the excitement and enthusiasm, some people are suggesting a closer look, especially for younger children learning to read. “Right now, the state-of-the-art, in terms of research-based practice is: read traditional books with your child,” said Julia Parish-Morris, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied e-books and […]

New Zealand: The Reading and eReading Habits of Kiwis

From The New Zealand Herald: The Research NZ survey, commissioned by New Zealand Book Month, asked 505 people about their reading habits. The results, released yesterday, found 23 per cent of men hadn’t read a book in the past year, compared with only 8 per cent of women. Key Findings 84 per cent read at […]

J.K. Rowling's Pottermore Website Starts Selling Harry Potter E-Books

From the WSJ: The bookstore feature of J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website went live Tuesday, enabling English-language readers to buy the digital editions of all seven Harry Potter novels—and the audiobook editions—from anywhere in the world. Editions in French, Italian, German and Spanish will be the next wave. The digital books are accessible on dedicated e-readers, […]

Rare Books: A Look at Several Recently Digitized Books From Harvard's Houghton Library

From the Houghton Library Blog: An exciting array of materials have recently been digitized at Houghton. They include manuscript material from Joanna Baillie, George Eliot, John Keats, Charles Lamb, Percy Shelley, Robert Southey, Alfred Tennyson, Hester Thrale and George Washington. A 15th century breviary and Belgian incunable, multiple musical scores, cartoons, broadsides and more may […]